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Ahead of 2023, INEC Reveals How Politicians Undermine Commission's Efforts ▷ Nigeria news – Legit.ng

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has accused politicians across Nigeria of undermining the commission's effort to deliver seamless elections.
The resident electoral commissioner in Akwa Ibom state, Mike Igini, said while the commission focuses on best ways to eliminate some of the hitches and challenges encountered in elections, politicians are hellbent on frustrating efforts aimed at achieving a seamless process.
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Igini made the disclosure at stakeholders roundtable on electoral technology hosted by YIAGA in partnership with the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU SDGN).
The roundtable which took place on Tuesday, November 30, in Abuja and attended by Legit.ng aimed to assess the deployment of electoral technology in Nigerian elections and examine its contributions to election administration, electoral integrity, and citizens participation.
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It also created a platform that could help set common principles for the purpose of guiding the deployment of electoral technology in future elections in Nigeria.
Continuing, Igni said that even with the use of smart card readers in an election, other challenges like the failure of the political class to mobilize Nigerians cannot be neglected.
He said the introduction of the SCR was followed by the use of an incident form to ensure that all names captured by the card reader correspond with what is on the register.
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He added that despite this effort, the incident form was abused creating unforeseen challenges for the commission.
Igini also explained that the high cost of an election in the country can sometimes be attributed to those who work tirelessly to manipulate the electoral process at one point or the other.
Igini said:
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Igini said the politicians go the extra mile to find ways to undermine the efforts of the commission in building an electoral process worthy of emulation.
The INEC REC further called for engagements with political key players in Nigeria's election to ensure that everyone is on the same page in building strong structures that could lead the country to deliver on free, fair and credible elections.
Decrying the constant change of state police commissioners close to the election period, Igini said such actions are issues of great concern.
He also said that successful elections are not technologically driven but successful elections are technologically assisted.
Also speaking, Chidi Nwafor, the director of ICT, INEC said the use of technology in elections involves the process of registration, authentication of registered voters, the transmission of results from polling units to collation centres and beyond.
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Nwafor said:
He also said that the commission is trying its best to ensure the elimination of human interference in the election processes.
He added:
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In his address, the president of the Nigerian Computer Society, Professor Adesina Sodiya, said Nigeria is ripe for an e-voting system.
Sodiya said:
However, disagreeing with Sodiya, the chairman of the Senate committee on media and public affairs, Ajibola Bashiru said Nigeria is not ready to adopt the e-voting system.
Bashiru said having travelled across the country especially in some of the rural areas, one can affirm that issues of technology and its use sound alien to some people.
He said:
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For the executive director of YIAGA, Samson Itodo, the National Assembly deserves commendation for the amendment of the Electoral Act in line with changes and challenges in the election process.
Itodo who gave a welcome address said technologies are great for elections as they enhance citizens participation and electoral transparency.
He however warned that technology can undermine the integrity of elections and limit the participation of citizens in the electoral process.
He asked:
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has written a letter to the chairman of INEC and the Attorney General of the Federation on steps to take over the Electoral Act Amendment Bill
The bill was recently passed by lawmakers of the National Assembly and sent to the president for his assent.
The president has however sought the best advice from experts in the field of the electioneering process and legal matters over the bill.
Also, the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, had reacted to the harmonisation of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill by the lawmakers of the National Assembly.
The governor said that claims that some of his colleagues from other states are set to undermine the political stance of lawmakers are false.
He said no governor across the country issues their tickets to members of the National Assembly as widely reported.
Source: Legit
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